The dilemma of claiming authority among early-career therapists
Where does authority lie and what are the means by which one is able to claim it? Even if one claims authority, one is not sure whether or not they are telling the ‘truth’ – Who decides? What are the consequences of not claiming one’s authority? These have been some of the questions that have lingered on my mind over the course of my development as a psychotherapist. I am aware that my peers and colleagues have also grappled with similar concerns in their own journeys which leads me to believe that it is an inevitable part of the process of becoming. Over the course of my ruminations – several of which I will share with you – I have considered the ‘therapist’s insecurities’, aspects of the larger context within which the work is done, some of the ways in which these anxieties are managed by individuals and certain influences that have helped me in this process.
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